Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia

Hardcover | June 1, 2002

byJeffrey Kahn

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Combining the approaches of three fields of scholarship - political science, law and Russian area- tudies - the author explores the foundations and future of the Russian Federation. Russia's political elite have struggled to build an extraordinarily complex federal system, one thatincorporates eighty-nine different units and scores of different ethnic groups, which sometimes harbor long histories of resentment against Russian imperial and Soviet legacies. This book examines the public debates, official documents and political deals that built Russia's federal house on veryunsteady foundations, often out of the ideological, conceptual and physical rubble of the ancien regime. One of the major goals of this book is, where appropriate, to bring together the insights of comparative law and comparative politics in the study of the development of Russia's attempts tocreate - as its constitution states in the very first article - a 'Democratic, federal, rule-of-law state'

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Combining the approaches of three fields of scholarship - political science, law and Russian area- tudies - the author explores the foundations and future of the Russian Federation. Russia's political elite have struggled to build an extraordinarily complex federal system, one thatincorporates eighty-nine different units and scores of...

Jeffery Kahn is at University of Michigan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:338 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.15 inPublished:June 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199246998

ISBN - 13:9780199246991

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Federal Theory3. Soviet 'Federalism'4. Gorbachev's Federalism Problem5. The Process of Federal Transition6. Inter-Governmental Relations Under Yeltsin's New Federalism7. Federal Effects on Transitions in Russia's Republics8. The Federal Reforms of Vladimir Putin9. Conclusion

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"Kahn's study is the best and most thoughtful account available of the early experience." William E. Butler, Michigan Law Review